CWG 2022: After World Cup debacle, Indian women’s hockey team keen on making amends | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

Sport is ups and downs. The key to bouncing back is to tip the scales in your favor, put failure behind you, and look ahead.
That will be the mantra for India’s women’s hockey team as they begin their quest for a Commonwealth Games medal on Friday. After fourth place at the Tokyo Olympics and third in the FIH Pro League, the disappointment of ninth place at the World Cup has recently been disappointing.
For a team that has been on top for a year, the World Cup performance was a brutal shock but Savita and Co. won’t let this debacle weigh on them as they take on Ghana in their opener.


While Tokyo’s core squad, with the exception of Rani Rampal, remains the same, what hurt India at the World Cup were individual performances that weren’t up to par. height.
Among the gray areas were the lack of penalty corner conversions and the translation of circle penetrations into goals. dragflick ace Gurjit Kaur only converted one goal and so did fellow dragflicker Deep Grace Ekka, who was solid in defense but failed to score. Had the duo had a better success rate, India might well have won more than one game in the competition.
Whereas Vandana Kataria continued to be the common thread in the front line, the bad series of Navneet Kaur and Sharmila Devi ensured they weren’t playing as a cohesive unit. In preparation for the Games, the head coach Janneke Schopman says the team has corrected the shortcomings. Led by the guardian Savita, the anchor and the savior, India has a good chance of getting on the podium. While the first two games – against Ghana (30th in the world) and Wales (24th) – shouldn’t be daunting for India, the real challenge begins when they face England on August 2, followed by the Canada. With the top two teams through to the semi-finals, the margin for error is minimal.

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“We are well prepared. In the short time we had after the World Cup, we worked on our weaknesses and built on our strengths. The results were not in our favor at the World Cup, but we fought hard, we did not give up and were not judged to be lacking in intention. We will keep those qualities and do our best,” Savita said.
After winning gold at the Manchester Games in 2002, followed by silver in Melbourne four years later, India have not won a medal in three subsequent editions.

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